OCGOP Statement on Orange Coast College’s Violation of Student’s Free Speech Rights

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For Immediate Release:

OCGOP STATEMENT ON ORANGE COAST COLLEGE’S VIOLATION OF STUDENT’S FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

 ORANGE COUNTY – Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Fred M. Whitaker released the following statement after it was announced that Orange Coast College would be suspending student Caleb O’Neil for publishing a video recording of Professor Olga Perez Stable Cox’s repugnant tirade against President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence:

“This abhorrent decision from the Orange Coast College administration clearly affirms their disdain for one of our nation’s most cherished freedoms: freedom of speech,” said Chairman Fred Whitaker. “The Republican Party of Orange County categorically opposes this administration’s attempt to trample over its students’ civil rights and we will be doing everything in our power to support Caleb O’Neil in his effort to appeal the decision.”

Caleb O’Neil and his legal counsel will be holding a press conference this afternoon at Orange Coast College to address their appeal of the administration’s decision and answer reporters’ questions.

Location:  

OCC Administration Building


2701 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Time:

1:00 p.m.

Media Contact:

Joshua Recalde-Martinez

Orange Coast College Republicans

Phone: 714-713-7983

joshuamrecalde@gmail.com

Caleb O’Neil was notified that he is suspended from the summer term and a full semester on February 9, 2017, in a letter sent by Interim Dean of Students, Victoria Lugo. Freedom X, Caleb O’Neil’s legal counsel, will file a Notice of Appeal on Wednesday with the college arguing that his constitutional and legal rights have been violated.

In addition to the suspension, Caleb O’Neil is required to submit a written apology to Olga Perez Stable Cox, and write an essay analyzing “the impact of the video going ‘viral’ and ensuing damage to Orange Coast College students, faculty and staff.”

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  • Jacki Livingston

    I agree with every word she said about Trump. That being said, the College is overreacting, and unless students are specifically forbidden to post lectures from classes, in a contract of behavior, then the student should not be disciplined. The professor and the student both have freedom of speech, something that Herr Trump is trying to destroy.

  • verifiedsane

    It took a lot of public protest and input for the board to back down and make this right! Chalk up a victory for basic common sense! http://www.ocregister.com/articles/college-744831-suspension-student.html

  • Valkyrie Joos

    Any student. Covered under ADS can request to use a recording device in a publicaly funded institution of education. Even if this student is not covered under ADA, she and administrative staff should or could reasonably anticipate a student might tape a lecture. Further, she is in a public format and a reasonable person should anticipate as such, a student say on the school newspaper might be in attendence and could have published them on a school or student run blog. This is public person 101 for gosh sake. Either stand by your statements regardless of format or don’t use your position to politically regurgitate on your students. It might smell bad!

  • LFOldTimer

    If the prof wanted to make an off-the-wall comment (a couple sentences) on the election no one would have cared. But she went off on a full-blown rant that surely intimidated the Trump supporters in her classroom. Didn’t she ask the Trump supporters to identify themselves? Smartly, none of them did. When I was in college I found out in my freshman year what happens to students who challenge the ideology of the majority of professors. Teachers control grade point averages that decide whether a student can progress into higher education. Trust me, there are consequences for student free-speech in the classroom when that free-speech conflicts with the instructor’s view of the world.

    What OCC is doing to Caleb O’Neill is IMO an exercise in fascism. They’re beating him up mentally for outing an out-of-control professor. That sort of behavior has no place in an institution of higher learning where student pay large sums to enroll in classes.

    If I were Caleb O’Neill h*ll would freeze over before I would write a letter of apology to the prof or to the school. Caleb owes an apology to no one. IMO the prof owes an apology to Caleb for taking up valuable class time to discuss a topic that had absolutely no relevance to the course description. Time is money. And she wasted Caleb’s money.

  • questionauthority2

    No teacher or professor should use their job as a personal political pulpit, keep your opinions out of it, and if she doesn’t like being recorded with an audio device, what’s the difference with a note taker? She’s just upset it went viral and outted her as a discriminatory a**.

  • verifiedsane

    A public employee speaking h*teful ideologically opinions to a captive student audience has no right to presumed privacy….Her public spoken words as an employee of a tax payer funded institution should be considered the property of the citizenry. This student did absolutely nothing wrong! The student simply documented the hypocrisy of our public institutions; which have become intolerant bastions of liberal propaganda and indoctrination. Olga Perez Stable C*x is merely a bad symptom of a much larger and further reaching problem going on today in our publicly funded institutions of supposed learning.

  • Rintrah

    Academic freedom is one of the things myself and my family members fought for when we did our time in the military. I hope others realize that we are not Russia , we still operate under the rule of law.

    • verifiedsane

      Was that the Russian military? Because our military takes an oath to uphold the constitution, not the teachers union, comrade.

      “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend
      the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
      domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and
      that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and
      the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations
      and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

  • LFOldTimer

    When I was in college I recorded the lectures all the time. I didn’t need any stinking pre-approval. What kind of BS is that? More leftist political correctness? If a college professor is scared that her lecture would be recorded she’s in the wrong job. Every public speaking event I’ve ever attended never had such draconian rules. Poor kid. Now he’s being strong armed into writing an apology letter? LOL! I sure hope he has a good attorney who goes balls to the wall with OCC.

    Obviously the school had to obey the union and close ranks to protect the professor who was out of line by inappropriately trashing President Trump in a S8xual Relations class. For God sake – Trump is pro-gay!!! What more could she ask for???

    This is so wrong. That kid pays good money to go to that school. He shouldn’t have to put up with bullying by the instructor who forces her students to listen to her BS opinion on Trump in a class that is totally unrelated to presidential politics!!!

    This only goes to show the power of teacher unions. It’s tantamount to fascism.

  • Melvynman

    Why would a conservative be going to college? Learning and understanding science is for liberals!

    • verifiedsane

      Oh really! It’s obvious that you are a very well educated liberal idiot…

  • David Zenger

    He violated school rules. I thought the GOP was supposed to be all about law n’ order.

    • Michael von Hammer

      The instructor violated rules of using your job as a soapbox for hatred. How dumb is this instrucor that she would not think she is making some students who voted for Trump feel excluded? Teachers are supposed to make a safe environment for all students to feel welcomed not hated for wearing a shirt that supports all of our President.

      • David Zenger

        “The instructor violated rules of using your job as a soapbox for hatred.”

        Please direct me to the source of this rule. Thanks.

  • Geoffrey Estes

    He should sue the college. I am sure the jury would be generous. If a professor is afraid her statements will go public then she shouldn’t speak them. Not a very bright professor and the school administration lacks intelligence as well. He should transfer to a school that values freedom of speech for all and not just liberals. Potential Employers should be suspect of a college like this that promotes liberal indoctrination and discourages critical thinking and discussion.

    • Michael von Hammer

      Teachers are supposed to make a safe environment for all students to feel welcomed not hated for wearing a shirt that supports all of our President. The president of a local college also sent out a hateful email to the entire student body.